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and terrorists. >>> an estimated 60 million americans sat down in front of their tvs to watch an election ritual. u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, debated the economy, health care, and the role of government. their debate took place in colorado, one of the battleground states that could decide the election next month. nhk world's mami mochizuki reports from denver. >> reporter: this could turn out to be the most scrutinized event in the election. the first televised debate ahead of the november vote. for both candidates, risks are high. >> president obama and governor romney. [ applause ] >> reporter: americans got their first chance to size up the candidates side by side. they've watched the incumbent for four years. barack obama came into office promising to lead a turnaround. but economy growth has been sluggish. still, he leads in a number of polls, but only just. >> the only way to meet governor romney's pledge of not reducing the deficit, or not adding to the deficit, is by burdening middle-class families. now, that's not my analysis. >> reporter: mit
. the opposition is pushing him to call a general election. the new cabinet was officially inaugurated on monday evening after a ceremony at the imperial palace. noda kept koichiro gemba as foreign minister, former diet affairs chief of the main ruling democratic party. koriki jojima are will take over as finance minister. satoshi morimoto maintains his post. he's the first person from the private sector to hold the job. deputy chief cabinet secretary hiroyuki nag hama is becoming the nuclear crisis minister and will be in charge of the environment ministry. reconstruction minister at the sue woe hirano is holding on to his position. noda explained some of the reasoning behind the shuffle. >> translator: this reshuffle is aimed at strengthening cooperation among officials to have government and the ruling parties and improving how the cabinet if you thinks. so we can better handle the issues we face. >> noda also referred to the territorial row with china over the senkaku islands in the east china sea. he said there is no doubt the islands are inherent japanese territory both historically and un
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